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"The Gift" is a Savior has been born unto you
This morning we are finishing our two part series coupling together Advent and what we believe God is presently doing with us. We see both prophetically in our series title Something’s Brewing. It highlights the fact that “something’s up”. Surfs up! We sense God’s movement, His leading, and see His activity. As we have pointed out, Advent simply means “coming”. It’s the Latin form of the word “Parousia” in Greek often used to highlight Jesus’ coming again. …from the time of Bernard of Clairvaux (d.1153), Christians have spoken of the three comings of Christ: in the flesh in Bethlehem, in our hearts…and in glory at the end of [the age]". In this last part of our series we see how at Advent Jesus satisfies the seeking heart.
This morning we will be embarking on a two part series coupling together this season of Advent, the weeks in preparation of Christmas and what we believe God is presently doing *with us. We see both prophetically in our series title. Something’s Brewing, a phrase God gave me many weeks ago, to highlight the fact that “something’s up”. Surfing We sense God’s movement, His leading, and see His activity. As we have pointed out, Advent simply means “coming”. It is the Latin form of the word “Parousia” in Greek often used to highlight Jesus’ coming again. Philip H. Pfatteicher, formerly a professor at East Stroudsberg University, notes that "since the time of Bernard of Clairvaux (d.1153), Christians have spoken of the three comings of Christ: in the flesh in Bethlehem, in our hearts daily, and in glory at the end of time". So in this first part of our series we’ll look at an aspect of John the Baptist’s life, recognizing that *both he and we have been born with a purpose distinctly tied to the coming of the Lord.
The Thanksgiving of Paul
This morning I want us to look at this coming Thanksgiving and garner from it the spirit that is this holiday. Too often we approach this coming season in a oh-hum, or completely secular way, separating it from its intent, and therefore the perspective that is so healthy to our spiritual health as individuals and as ones in relationship with one another. We’ll be handling *this in two parts and today journeying into the thanksgiving of Jesus of which we see three.
This morning, I want to follow God.. and it has to do both with our identity as people of faith in Jesus, chosen by God to be in relationship with Him and what that means, or at least part of what that means. At the same time how there are theives and robbers, constantly trying to take from us the fullness of what our identity in Christ means.
This morning I want us to venture into a topic which not only is a recognition of something that is real for all of us, but purposeful to our overall health and wellbeing in experiencing the “fullness” of the life God has for us. I want your imaginations to soar in the possibilities of what can occur "When God Whispers" and we hear Him over all others, no matter how loudly they speak or what is happening around us though seemingly so profound.
This morning we're going to do something a little different. As a young Christian, someone unfamiliar with reading the Bible, not knowing how to even get into it except to either jump around or start from the begninning and read to the right, I was given some excellent advice, particularly in allowing the Holy Spirit to guide me into what God wanted to show me. It's different than studying. It's discovering "The Word of God" for you at the time of the reading. So today we're all going to do that together and then give you what was given to me as a sense of direction to see that God is active and wanting to communicate with you all more intimately.
This morning I want to follow an impression from the Lord, and it has to do with a very familiar passage of scripture. There are so many things we do because they look good or they are convenient at the time, but in the long run they prove to be a waist of our time, energy and even our money. What is it we need to build-up our lives and those around us; to make *things better for ourselves, our families, communities, and even the church? Proverbs 24:3 (ESV) By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. Wisdom and understanding are key to building and from which things are prepared, set-up, and applied. Where do we get this wisdom and understanding? So, this morning I want us to be ones who *move forward in confidence all because we are sure of our1b.foundations.
This morning I want to look at something that has affected me all my Christian life, partly because of who I am as a personality, and partly because of what I spoke on two weeks ago as a young man “Desiring what’s real.” I believe Jesus, in His appearing, in His teaching, and especially in His death and resurrection calls each and every person into the depth of who God is; in the knowledge of who He is, in the understanding of what He is about, and particularly into a relationship with Him that recognizes, as our topic this morning indicates, that only he *has the answer to our thirst. Yet it is from that very thirst that we find refreshing. Isaiah 55:1 (ESV) “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2.  Read: John 4:7-25 (ESV) Pray for understanding and delivery